June 15, 2010
By Julia Rosen
Are your refresh fingers rested and ready to go?
The closing arguments are nearly here and I for one can’t wait for the nerdy, but incredibly important fun. Let’s go over what the day has in store for us.
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And just because it is good to know what your opposition is up to, the NOM, NOM, NOM people have created their own site. http://www.prop8case.com/. They have picked up the #Prop8 hashtag, so all Tweets pro or con will show up on that site.
As for the day itself. Here is how it is going to go down.
Starting at 8 am the Courage Campaign, Marriage Equality USA and others are holding a rally outside of the courtroom. Go to Facebook to RSVP if you are in San Francisco. There’s also a caravan from Sacramento, that one of our organizers has helped pull together, complete with car decorating.
At at 8:30 am the plaintiffs: Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami, Jeffrey Zarrillo, American Foundation for Equal Rights Board President Chad Griffin will be making brief statements outside of the courthouse.
Then the lawyers get their turn in front of Judge Walker in rapid fire.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Plaintiffs give their closing argument (Ted Olson and David Boies)
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM City and County of San Francisco take their turn
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Governor, Attorney General and county defendants are up
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch/David Boies and Chad Griffin talk to the media
1:00 PM – 3:15 PM Proponents are on the hot seat (argued by Charles Cooper)
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Plaintiffs’ get a chance to make their rebuttal
4:00 Plaintiffs are holding a press conference on the day’s events
That press conference time is an estimate. If I had to bet, it will run over, due to lawyers being lawyers and Judge Walker being an active participant in this entire process. Perhaps we should have done a pool on the number of times Judge Walker asks a question of either the plaintiff’s lawyers or the defense, but I digress.
Thanks to all of our loyal readers for sticking around throughout the hiatus and welcome to all those who are new or back for more. Help us get the word out throughout the day by sharing the posts on email, Facebook and Twitter. Like Ted Olson said, it’s crucial that we all continue to talk about this trial.